Decarbonising as part of sustainable development involves reducing, and ultimately eliminating carbon dioxide emissions. This will ensure the railways continue to be one of the lowest carbon transport options for passengers and freight.
The Department for Transport, ‘Transport Decarbonisation Plan’ published in July 2021 sets out specific commitments to ensure the railways continue to be one of the lowest carbon transport options.
This is rail’s commitment to help the UK achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050:
‘We will deliver a net zero rail network by 2050, with sustained carbon reductions in rail along the way. Our ambition is to remove all diesel-only trains (passenger and freight) from the network by 2040’. Transport Decarbonisation Plan July 2021
This is the rail industry’s contribution to the UK’s statutory target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.